"What is the perfect bathroom interior design plan?"
Having a bathroom interior design plan is just as important as having a plan for any other room in your home. After all, a bathroom is more than just a necessary room, it's a personal retreat. Make it as sumptuous and beautiful as your budget and inspiration allow.
Many homes today have more than one bathroom. Usually there is a family bathroom and powder room and often a master or guest bathroom as well. Updating an existing bathroom (or adding one when only one exists) will not only increase your personal comfort, it can add significant reselling value to your home.
As you prepare your bathroom interior design plan, there are some things to consider.
Who will be the primary user?
Answering this question will help you determine what kinds of features and materials you may want to incorporate. A child’s bathroom will have different needs than an adult couple’s master bathroom will, for example. Likewise, a physically handicapped person will have special needs that should be considered in the design if he/she will be the primary user. Always plan toward the needs of the primary user.
• Incorporate dual “his and hers” sinks to allow simultaneous preparation and provide a sense of individual space within a master bathroom interior design plan.
The double sink design idea at right exudes contemporary sleekness with a calm Asian influence. The sinks extend beyond the edge of the vanity and add interesting dimension to the otherwise straight line design. The frosted glass and open shelf construction below hides plumbing and serves as storage. The above-the-floor mounting make the whole composition seem lighter.
• Consider a wall-hung sink (without a base cabinet) for a wheelchair user. The clearance below the sink will allow the user to move in closer for ease of use.
• Use non-skid surfaces and rounded edges in a child’s bathroom to minimize the chance for injury. Kids can get a little wild sometimes. :)
How much space is available?
A lack of space is one of the biggest factors that can initially hamper the realization of a bathroom interior design plan. Sometimes, simply reconfiguring the elements in your space is enough to do the trick. Other times, there is just no way to accommodate your goals without physically expanding the room. This might be done through a wall “bump out” or the annexation of adjoining spaces like closets or under-used rooms.
If you determine that space reconstruction will be part of your bathroom interior design plan, consult an architect or building professional to ensure the idea is structurally sound, makes the best use of the space and stays in tune with the architecture of your home. Complementing the existing architecture of your home becomes especially important if the changes will affect the appearance of the exterior. The key is to make it look like it naturally goes together.
If room expansion isn’t feasible, don’t despair. There is a big benefit to having a small bathroom. With less territory to cover you can afford to splurge on higher end materials and products. Make it sumptuous!
• The use of color and materials will influence how your space is perceived. Enhance a small bathroom with a harmonious color scheme and generous amounts of glass.
• Create curves in a linear room. This can be accomplished through the design of your tub surround, your vanity or walls, for example. Curves adds interest.
In the bathroom design idea above, the angled tub and curving shower wall make a tantalizing statement in what might have otherwise been an average, rectangular bathroom.
• Use windows, mirrors, and glass strategically to create a sense of openness and bounce light throughout your bathroom.
What is your preferred design style?
The bathroom interior design styleyou choose should reflect your taste. It’s also important that the style works with the general style of your home. This maintains a sense of continuity as you move from one space to another.
Unless you are specifically going for a rustic or retro look, you can make almost any style look up to date and fresh.
Traditional decor can be enlivened by incorporating some contemporary elements in the overall scheme, for example. Your choice of colors and materials will play a key role.
A largely beige and white bathroom exhibits finely crafted style at right. Matching, custom-built cabinetry flanks a central corridor that culminates at a beautiful, tub area. The raised panel cabinetry is crafted with traditional detailing. A large, centrally positioned window floods light across the tub and through the room. An upholstered bench in the center of the room provides a comfortable spot to dress or relax.
White remains a timeless color scheme for bathrooms. It looks very clean and fresh, and complements virtually any style. To keep things interesting within this palette, use a range of whites (white, creme, beige, etc.) and incorporate a variety of texture – both smooth and tactile – plus a variety of shapes. Your choice of fixtures, shapes and materials will help define the space in either a more traditional or contemporary direction.
If white isn’t what you have in mind, there are many other directions to pursue. Whether your taste is old world Mediterranean or modern Arts and Crafts, the bathroom you design can reflect this style through the materials and colors you use.
• Try fluted glass door fronts on the vanity or linen closet to add a touch of up-to-date sparkle in an otherwise traditional bathroom setting.
• Consider concrete or limestone as a surfacing material. Limestone is available in a range of color tones that look warm but are cool to the touch.
• Customize for a unique look. Consider turning an antique table or dresser into a bathroom vanity. It will be a real eye catcher! Think beyond what's considered conventional. If you don't have the ability or desire to create your own custom bathroom vanity, you can purchase one with a custom look.
• Spice up a tiled design by using one size of tiles on the walls and a different size of tiles on the floor. Incorporate coordinating decorative tiles to create added interest.
There are so many directions to go with bathroom interior design. The choice of materials and furnishings is amazing. The key limitation will usually be your budget. That aside, there is definitely something for everyone.